Boxing 101: Equipment

Boxing 101: Equipment
Posted at 11:42 AM, Mar 10, 2021


Competitors shall box in light boots or shoes (without spikes or heels), socks, shorts (not to exceed knee length), and a vest covering the chest and back. The boxers shall wear either a red or blue singlet, depending on the color of their corner. Where trunks and vests are of the same color, the belt line must be clearly indicated by a contrasting color and by using a 6-10 centimeter wide elastic waistband. (The belt line is an imaginary line from the navel to the top of the hips).

Women will have the option of wearing either shorts or a skirt. They are also allowed to wear a breast protector and pubic protector if desired, as long as the breast protector does not shield any target area of the body, including the breastbone. For men, a cup protector must be worn and a jock strap is optional. Mouthpieces are mandatory for everyone.


For the first time since the 1980 Olympics, male boxers in Rio did not use headgear, and this will continue in Tokyo. According to the International Boxing Association (AIBA), studies have shown that eliminating headgear would result in fewer concussions, making the sport safer. Female boxers, however, will still wear headgear at the 2016 Games, as there is not yet enough research on the effects of headgear on women's boxing.

Headgear must not weigh more than 16 ounces (1 lb).


Under AIBA rules, the gloves shall weigh 10 ounces (0.6 lbs) for boxers in weight classes ranging from 49kg (108 lbs) to 64kg (141 lbs). For weight classes 69kg and up, 12-ounce (0.75 lbs) gloves will be used. Competitors shall wear red or blue gloves, as per the respective boxer's corner.


Boxers also are permitted to wear an AIBA approved/licensed bandage. A bandage must not be longer than 4.5 meters (14 feet, 9 inches), and not shorter than 2.5 meters (8 feet, 2 inches). The bandage should be 5.7 centimeters (2.2 inches) wide.